So Easily Assimilated: The New Immigrant Chic

@article{Rovner2006SoEA,
  title={So Easily Assimilated: The New Immigrant Chic},
  author={Adam Rovner},
  journal={AJS Review},
  year={2006},
  volume={30},
  pages={313 - 324}
}
Last year, a friend drew my attention to the lyrics of a famous song in Leonard Bernstein’s Candide, the composer’s first attempt in 1956 to write the “Great American Opera.” The song, “I Am Easily Assimilated,” remains one of the best-loved musical numbers from the play and includes the following lines: My father came from Rovno Gubernya.But now I’m here, I’m dancing a tango….My father spoke a High Middle Polish.In one half-hour I’m talking in Spanish:Por favor! Toreador!I am easily… 
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Thanks to Bob Goldfarb